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Thought for the Day – 30 June – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome

Thought for the Day – 30 June – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome

Nero became the emperor of Rome in 54.   About 10 years later, he began to persecute the Christians.   When a terrible fire broke out in the city, Nero accused the Christians of causing it.   He increased his efforts to destroy them.   Nero had Christians covered with pitch and set on fire to light the way for his night drive through the park.   He had some Christians sewn into animal skins and left in the woods so that he and his guests could go hunting for them.   In the two centuries after Nero, thousands of Christians were put to death.   All these unnamed martyrs are honoured on this day, after the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, both of course Martyrs for their love of Christ.

Wherever the Good News of Jesus was preached, it met the same opposition as Jesus did, and many of those who began to follow Him shared His suffering and death.   But no human force could stop the power of the Spirit unleashed upon the world.   The blood of martyrs has always been, and will always be, the seed of Christians.   Do we stand up or crumble in the face of persecution?    I truly wonder how any of us would fair if faced with torture and death for the sake of Christ.

First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome, Pray for us!first holy martyrs of the church of rome - pray for us - 30 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 June – The Memorial of Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

Quote/s of the Day – 30 June – The Memorial of Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

“The Beloved created
and the Lover destroyed.
The Beloved judged
and the Lover wept.
Then the Beloved redeemed him
and the Lover again had glory.
The Beloved finished His work
and the Lover remained forever,
in his Beloved’s companionship.”the Beloved created - bl raymond lull - 30 june 2018

“Death has no terrors
for a sincere servant of Christ,
who is labouring to bring souls
to a knowledge of the truth.”

Bl Raymond Lull (c 1232 – c1315)death has no terrors - bl raymond lull - 30 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 30 June – Saturday of the Twelth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

One Minute Reflection – 30 June – Saturday of the Twelth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 8:5-17 – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome & Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

“I say to you, many will come, from the east and the west and will recline with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven.”…Matthew 8:11

REFLECTION – “And the saints who preceded us are also waiting for us, slow and lazy as we are.   Their joy is not perfect so long as there is reason to weep over our sins.   The apostle testifies to this for me when he says:  “Without us, they were not to be made perfect.” (Heb 11:40)   So see: Abraham is waiting. Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets are waiting for us to possess perfect beatitude with us… If you are holy, you will have joy when you leave this life but that joy will only be complete when not one of the members of the Body we are all to form together is missing anymore.   You will also wait for others in the same way as you were awaited.   Now if you who are only one member cannot have perfect joy if another member is absent, how much more our Lord and Saviour, who is both the author and the head of the entire Body… Then we will have come to the maturity of which the apostle Paul said:  “The life I live now is not my own;  Christ is living in me.” (Gal 2:20)   Then our pontiff will drink the new wine in the new heaven, on the new earth, in the new human person, with the new human persons, with those who sing the new song.”…Origen (c185-253)matthew 8 11 - and the saints who preceded us - origen - 30 june 2018

PRAYER – Grant us Lord, a true knowledge of salvation, so that freed from fear and from the power of our foes, we may serve You faithfully, all the days of our life and attain the light and joy of our heavenly home.   By the blood of the Martyrs and the glory of the Communion of Saints, strengthen us with their faith and endurance.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in unity with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, amen.first martyrs of the church of rome - pray for us - 30 june 2018bl raymond lull - pray for us - 30 june 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 30 June – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome & Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

Our Morning Offering – 30 June – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome & Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

My Lord, My Light
St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592)

I desire to love You,
my Lord, my Light,
my Strength, my Deliverer,
my God and my All.
What have I in heaven, O Lord,
and what do I want
besides Your love and grace?
You are the God of my heart,
You are my portion,
my inheritance for eternity.
Amenmy lord my light - i desire to love you - st paschal baylon - 30 june 2018

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Saint of the Day – 30 June – Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 30 June – Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr – born in c1234 at Palma, Majorca, Spain and died – • some writers indicate that he died in Bougie, Algeria in 1325 • but he may have died of natural causes during the return ocean voyage from Tunis.   Also known as – Doctor Illuminatus,  Ramon Llull.   Raymond was a Philosopher, Logician, Writer, Poet, Pioneer in computation theory, Franciscan tertiary.  Within the Franciscan Order he is honoured as a martyr.   He was beatified in 1847 by Pope Pius IX.ramond_llull

Raymond was born into the noble Lull family at Palma, on the island of Mallorca.   At an early age, he was selected as a page at the royal court, and over the first 30 years of his life served the royal family in a variety of positions, eventually becoming the marshal and high steward to King James.

Raymond lived a life of luxury and worldly pursuits.   He was married and produced two children with his wife, although also had numerous affairs and engaged in dissolute activities.   One day, while writing a letter to one of the women he was seeing, Raymond was stricken with a vision of Christ, crucified on the cross.   Five additional visions followed and he was brought to the faith, converting and dedicating himself to the Gospel.   Soon thereafter, following a moving sermon by a local bishop who spoke about the contempt of the world and the love of Christ, Raymond answered the call of the Lord to forsake all things and to win for Christ the infidels on the northern coast of Africa.

Raymond wasted little time. He resigned his royal offices and dedicated himself to the education and care of missionaries.   He founded a college for the Order of the Friars Minor and devoted himself to the mastery of and instruction of others in, the languages of Northern Africa.   He became a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis and embarked on a nine year mission of solitude and contemplation on a remote mountain, spending his days in prayer and study, hoping to prepare himself for inspire mission work.   During that time, he was graced with heavenly inspiration and extraordinary knowledge and was subsequently able to answer deeply complex philosophical and theological questions.

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Following his time in solitude, Raymond travelled extensively—to Rome, Avingon, Montpellier, Paris and throughout Europe—spreading the Gospel, founding seminaries, and establishing schools for missionaries.   At the age of 79, he journey on mission to Africa, as had been his calling.   While preaching the faith in a public square at Bougie, he was set upon by radical Muslims in the community, who stoned him nearly to death. Rescued by Greek sailors, he died shortly thereafter, en route to his home island of Mallorca.   He was buried in the Franciscan church at Palma and numerous miracles were reported at his tomb.Blessed-Raymond-Lull

Blessed Raymond Lull wrote over 300 works in Latin, Arabi, and Catalan during his life, on a multitude of topics including theology, logic, philosophy, poetry, fiction, alchemy, and natural sciences.   While his works were mostly academic in nature, he also strove to make difficult concepts accessible to all, illustrating points through fiction.

It can be documented that Llull was buried at the Church of Saint Francis in Mallorca by March 1316.

Raymond worked most of his life to help spread the gospel. Indifference on the part of some Christian leaders and opposition in North Africa did not turn him from his goal. Three hundred years later Raymond’s work began to have an influence in the Americas.

BL RAYMOND LULL

 

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Memorials of the Saints – 30 June

First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome (Optional Memorial)

St Adolphus of Osnabrück
St Alpinian of Limoges
St Alrick the Hermit
Bl Ambrose de Feis
Bl Anthony de Tremoulières
Bl Arnulf of Villers
St Austriclinian of Limoges
St Basilides of Alexandria
St Bertrand of Le Mans
St Clotsindis of Marchiennes
Bl Elisabeth Heimburg
St Emiliana of Rome
St Erentrude
St Eurgain
St Gaius
Bl Gennaro Maria Sarnelli
Bl Jacob Clou
St Leo the Deacon
St Lucina of Rome
St Lucina of the Callistus Catacombs
St Marcian of Pampeluna
St Martial of Limoges
St Ostianus
St Otto of Bamberg
St Peter of Asti
St Petrus Li Quanhui
Bl Philip Powel
St Raimundus Li Quanzhen
Bl Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315)

St Theobald of Provins
Bl Vasyl Vsevolod Velychkovskyi
St Vihn Son Ðo Yen
Bl Zenon Kovalyk

Martyrs of Africa – 7 saints: Seven Christians martyred together. No detail about them have surived but the names – Cursicus, Gelatus, Italica, Leo, Timotheus, Zoilus, and Zoticus. Date and precise location in Africa unknown.

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Congratulations, Prayers and Love to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the occasion of the 67th Anniversary of his Priestly Ordination

Congratulations, Prayers and Love to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the occasion of the 67th Anniversary of his Priestly Ordinationcongrats-67-years-29-june-papa-b.29 june 2018

PRAYER FOR POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI

ON THE 67TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION – 29 JUNE 2018

Most gracious Heavenly Father,
We thank You for our faithful Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,
whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity,
self-sacrifice, humility and devotion
has been so vital to the faith of Your people
through 67 years of living his role as Your earthly shepherd.
May our spiritual father, who continues his mission for his flock
be always guided by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul,
all the Apostles and their saintly successors.
Give him valiant strength in his twilight years,
hope in times of trouble and sorrow and steadfast love for You,
and for all Your people throughout the world.
May the light of Your Truth continue to shine through him.
We thank You for blessing Pope Emeritus Benedict with his
continued generosity in imparting his knowledge to all Your children.
Bless him and keep him and protect him
and let him know that he is greatly loved and respected.
Our prayers arise to You, our Father for our beloved Pope Benedict
Through Christ, our Lord.
Amenprayer for pope benedict XVI on his 67 anniversary - 29 june 2018